This is an important point of practice for us. If we contemplate
the holes and entrances of our nose and ears and the rest, we
can see that they are all the same, just orifices filled with
unclean substances. Or are any of them clean? So we should
contemplate this in the way of Dhamma. The truly fearful is
here, nowhere else. This is where we humans lose our minds.
Just this is a cause, a basic point of practice. I don’t feel
that it’s necessary to ask a lot of questions of anyone or
interview a lot. But we don’t investigate this point carefully.
Sometimes I see monks heading off carrying the big glot, walking
here and there under the hot sun, wandering through many
provinces. When I watch them, I think, It must be fatiguing.
“Where are you going?”
“I’m seeking peace.”
I don’t have any answer for that. I don’t know where they can
seek peace. I’m not disparaging them; I was like that too. I
sought peace, always thinking it must be in some other place.
Well, it was true, in a way. When I would get to some of those
places, I was a little bit at ease. It seems people have to be
like this. We always think some other place is comfortable and
peaceful. When I was traveling I saw the dog in Pabhakaro’s
house. They had this big dog. They really loved it. They kept it
outside most of the time. They fed it outside, and it slept out
there too, but sometimes it wanted to come inside, so it would
go and paw at the door and bark.
That bothered the owner, so he would let it in, then close the
door behind it. The dog would walk around inside the house for a
while, and then it would get bored and want to go out again:
back to the door, pawing and barking. So the owner would get up
and go to let it out. It would be happy outside for a little
while, and then want to come back in, barking at the door again.
When it was outside, it seemed like being inside would be
better. Being inside was fun for a spell, then it was bored and
had to go out again. The minds of people are like that--like a
dog. They are always in and out, here and there, not really
understanding where the place is that they will be happy.
If we have some awareness of this, then whatever thoughts and
feelings arise in our minds, we will make efforts to quell them,
recognizing that they are merely thoughts and feelings. The
grasping attachment to them is really important.